In Place of War Donation Form

The University of Manchester’s award-winning project In Place of War celebrates ten years of mobilising, empowering and connecting artists and creative communities in sites of war, revolution and conflict. The project supports artists and creative communities living in sites of conflict to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and demonstrate the value of the arts to public space, public life and public debate.

In Place of War has developed a ground-breaking creative entrepreneurial programme to be certified by The University of Manchester and delivered for free to local young people in communities in some of the most under-resourced parts of the world. In these communities with little access to education, offering a free creative entrepreneurial programme with the certification of the University would provide transformative opportunities for up to 5,000 young people in each community every year.

Alongside this programme, the project is currently working to develop four cultural spaces in challenging environments with little access to the creative arts; in Makokoba, the oldest township in Zimbabwe; in both Kisangani and Bukavu, in the middle of war-affected DR Congo; and Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. The development of these spaces is directly influenced by successful international examples of cultural spaces that have transformed communities in Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.

Your support would enable the project to develop and secure the required spaces (including building works, security, and decoration), support local staff costs for the coordination of the spaces, and to ship equipment to the locations. The project has already collected over £200,000 of music, studio and film equipment from musicians, TV studios and the University. Your donations can help provide life-changing opportunities to those in these extremely challenging environments. Please donate today, using the form below.

James Thompson and Ruth Daniel, Co-Directors of In Place of War

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